Why won’t Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan – who’s simultaneously running for reelection to the House of Representatives – debate Rob Zerban, his Democratic challenger?
I’m not the only one wondering why Rep. Ryan won’t debate Rob Zerban, and I think it’s an absolute disgrace that Paul Ryan would rather run TV ads to support his reelection campaign than actually defend his record to his constituents.
The Romney/Ryan Republican ticket, which fell behind in most polls after an off-message GOP convention in Tampa and an on-message Democratic convention is Charlotte, has committed to participate in national presidential and vice presidential debates. Indeed, the Republicans are relying on the debates to renew their run for the White House.
But Ryan has not agreed to debate in his race for re-election to the House, despite the fact that he faces a credible Democratic challenger who has drawn significant attention at the local, state and national levels.
That challenger, Rob Zerban, has asked Ryan to join him in two debates.
If Ryan has the time to campaign in DePere, he should have the time to debate in Racine or Kenosha or Lake Geneva or Janesville.
If Ryan cannot find the time to debate Zerban, 1st District voters will have every right to ask whether he has forgotten them in his headlong rush for the national spotlight.